Sheffield Robotics visited Hunters Bar Junior School in December 2014 to talk to Year 4 pupils about robots and robotics research. Members of the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research (CARR, Sheffield Hallam University), and the Department of Psychology (The University of Sheffield) talked to the pupils about robots, what they can do, and the areas of research going on in Sheffield. After a brief introduction, pupils had the chance to meet real robots. CARR demonstrated a robot that follows the bar code on a piece of paper and explained the complex processes behind making the robot. Another robot demonstrated the automatic process of handling an object. The group from The University of Sheffield brought a robot called Zeno, which can show facial expressions and which got pupils very interested; Zeno is a friendly, social robot which can engage with children and even talk to them.
Sheffield Robotics is currently discussing ways to engage with more schools in Sheffield, and will be increasing its outreach activities in the near future.